Shekhar Kapur will direct the epic adventure project that Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel will introduce to buyers this week.

Tiger’s Curse is based on the first in a series of New York Times novels by Colleen Houck about a circus worker who embarks on an adventure to free a prince from the curse that keeps him inside a tiger’s body.

The Vampire Diaries and The Originals creator Julie Plec adapted the screenplay. Ineffable Pictures’ founder Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel will produce alongside Lotus Entertainment’s Johnson and Seibel and Kapur.

Lotus’ DJ Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian serve as executive producers.

“Colleen Houck has created a brilliant story of a young girl’s journey through amazing adventures in the discovery of herself,” said Kapur.

“We are thrilled to pair Kapur’s creative talent with Houck’s epic adventure,” said Kryszek. “This is the first film in a franchise certain to capture the hearts and minds of audiences around the world. Lotus shares in our vision and passion for Tiger’s Curse and we are excited to make them part of the Tiger’s Curse family.”

“We think Tiger’s Curse has the ability to really capture the imagination of a large, worldwide audience with its combination of fantasy, adventure and romance,” said Johnson. “We are excited to be a part of launching something special into the marketplace.”

The Lotus slate includes Replicas to star Keanu Reeves; Halle Berry thriller Kindap, now in production; Tom Hanks in Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For The King; Scott Hicks’ YA adaptation Fallen; Henry Hobson’s zombie drama Maggie with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin; and Craig Zobel’s Z For Zachariah with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine and Margot Robbie.